Kachemak Bay Conservation Society

Sign To Keep Tutka Bay Lagoon a Part of Kachemak Bay State Park

Mission Statement

The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society’s mission is to protect the environment of the Kachemak Bay region and greater Alaska by encouraging sustainable use and stewardship of natural resources through advocacy, education, information, and collaboration.

Kachemak Bay Conservation Society is concerned with environmental protection of the Kachemak Bay region. The organization focuses on habitat and wildlife issues, wetlands protection, water quality, logging, oil and gas leases, energy conservation, sustainability issues, and land use planning. The Society monitors environmental issues locally and statewide.

Solidarity and local action are at the core of Kachemak Bay Conservation Society's work.  

We would like to use our media platforms to help people support each other during the coronavirus pandemic. As a first step, we want to hear what kind of community organizing you think would help Homer?

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Upcoming Events

Join us on
Saturday, February 25, 2023
for our

Third Annual Kachemak Bay Sea Duck Survey

Join us for our third annual community science sea duck survey! Kachemak Bay in the early spring is so beautiful. Come out and enjoy it with us and celebrate these wonderful creatures.

The primary objective of our volunteer-powered survey is to gather enough consistent observation of overwintering sea ducks on the south side of Kachemak Bay to give us population trend lines, or indices. While this objective takes years to achieve, our survey is already starting to be meaningful.

A population index is an important tool to assure population health. While a negative trend may be due to more than hunting pressure, hunting regulations and habitat protections should respond to population declines. While ADF&G managers argue that Pacific Flyway counts are the best way to manage K-Bay sea ducks, we believe local survey are useful because:

  • Sea duck populations have exceedingly high levels of site fidelity--they come back to the same place every year.
  • Many of Alaska’s sea ducks do not go down to the Lower 48 to nest, where Pacific Flyway surveys are conducted. Instead, our birds go up to Alaska's northern boreal forests and deltas to lay their eggs. The Pacific Flyway surveys are not even counting them!
  • Most folks who lived in the Homer area in the 70s and 80s remember many more sea ducks than we see nowadays. We can’t get ADF&G to manage for the recovery of the populations that crashed in the 90s, because there is not enough local documentation. We don’t want to see shifting baseline syndrome strike again if there is another decline.
  • Sea ducks don’t reproduce until they are 2-3 years old, and they generally only lay one clutch per year, which makes them slow to recover from over-harvest, unlike other “small game.”

If you're interested in joining, please give us a heads up, so we can assign you to a boat and survey team.

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Support Rehabilitation of Caribou Lake Trail

Snomads Inc. intends to undertake rehabilitation, maintenance, marking and grooming of the degraded Caribou Lake Trail. They hope that this will allow the peatlands that people have been riding on (instead of the bad trail) to recover. Write in your support for this project to help them secure grant funding!

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Baby Salmon Live Here

Kachemak Bay Conservation Soceity, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Cook Inletkeeper, and Kenai Watershed Forum work to protect baby salmon.

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Drilling and Fracking Under Protected Lands is Bad for Alaska

HB 82/ SB 62 propose to allow lateral drilling and fracking under the Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area--lands and waters that are protected by statute "to protect and preserve habitat areas especially crucial to the perpetuation of fish and wildlife, and to restrict all other uses not compatible with that primary purpose."

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Thank you for helping to protect beautiful Kachemak Bay!

Annual membership fees apply to the current calendar year.
Payments received September through December will be applied to membership for the following year.